Svensson: “The three points are obviously amazing, but...”
Excited by the excitement: Mainz head coach Bo Svensson praised the atmosphere at the MEWA ARENA and felt that it was a "proper Mainz 05 home match".
"One more", chanted the 25,000 fans inside the MEWA ARENA with 11 minutes to go. And there would indeed be one more goal to come. Marcus Ingvartsen put the finishing touches on a game against Arminia Bielefeld which was filled with highlights, outstanding moments, curios scenes and goals. It was a top performance in front of an electric backdrop the likes of which many would struggle to remember. After a day to reflect on the match, our head coach once again sang the fans’ praises after a fantastic afternoon of football.
The Danish striker Ingvartsen converted his penalty just three minutes after entering the fray. It was our third penalty kick within 15 minutes, rounding off an outstanding 4-0 victory. His spot kick made it 36 consecutive successful penalties for Mainz 05 – a new Bundesliga record. It also capped off a great afternoon in which the club secured a ninth win at home this season, and that in front of a crowd in full voice right from the off after Jonathan Burkardt had opened the scoring after just 27 seconds.
All pulling together
Fans and players celebrated together after the final whistle. "The three penalties may slightly alter how this is perceived, but we delivered a top performance on the pitch,” said a visibly excited Martin Schmidt at full time. “Three penalties - it gives the impression that it was easy, but it wasn't,” said our sporting director. “But we did need the three spot kicks in order to score the goals that we ought to have done because we let too many chances pass by during the game.”
In fact, Mainz should have put the game to bed earlier. Dominik Kohr, Burkardt, Jae-Sung Lee and Karim Onisiwo all had great chances. The Austrian really ought to have crowned his performance with a goal after a tireless, battling match. He was outstanding and a constant thorn in the side of the defence. Yet it remained a close match with Niakhaté also seeing a goal correctly chalked off by VAR.
It gives the impression that it was easy, but it wasn't.
And so the home side maintained only a slim lead despite their dominance. Suddenly the play became wild and disorganised. “We lost our handle on the fundamentals,” said Svensson at his press conference. “We were lucky not to get punished at that point.”
But just as the visitors seemed to be getting a foothold in the game, the first penalty arrived. Niakhaté fired home for 2-0. "Then it was done and dusted", said Bielefeld coach Frank Kramer.
Praise for substitute Barreiro
"It went really well for us with the early goal," said Svensson. The team did brilliantly for 25 to 30 minutes, but after that, the game became much more even. "The introduction of Leo did us a world of good. And not just because he won the penalties.” Barreiro constantly drove his team forwards with great presence and energy, seeming far too strong for the Bielefeld defenders. The academy graduate created chances, had opportunities to score himself and won the first two penalties with his contributions in the penalty area.
The man from Luxembourg wasn't involved in the final goal with Ingvartsen winning and scoring the penalty himself. For the man in the middle, Felix Zwayer, there was no doubt about blowing up three times in quick succession. "When there is a foul, you blow for a penalty. Obviously it's something rather extraordinary,” said the referee. “But I can't start counting or saying that two penalties is enough for the day.”
Mainz now have 37 points in the bag after a cracking match, sitting eleven points above the danger zone. “We want to reach the 40-point mark,” said our sporting director. And there is still work to be done. After the upcoming international break, we will tackle three away games in the space of just six days.
We want to reach the 40-point mark
"Now we have to go away and get points and win games. That's the challenge we are setting ourselves. We have a huge opportunity now to follow it up with an away win. Being so strong at home but being so poor away - that doesn't quite add up in a good season like this.” The team have shown in the past that a busy schedule won't stop them. “We are ready for the three games,” said Schmidt.
Svensson: "That was no normal game of football"
For now, though, Mainz fans can enjoy the match and the moment. The boss wanted to highlight his experience at the MEWA ARENA: “I thought it was incredible to have two full home games under these conditions in three days. Such a great atmosphere before the game, after the game, during the game – whether we win or lose. When we arrived with the team bus yesterday, there were so many fans here – I have never experienced anything like that as a coach. That gave the players and all of us even more energy, it gave us that extra push. This was no normal game of football, it was a proper Mainz 05 home match. After the game, we went back out to the pitch and soaked it up with all of the delighted fans, and we were just as excited by that excitement. Our fans take normal Bundesliga games and turn them into something special. That has made me extremely happy. The three points are obviously amazing, but there is something else that is even more important, and that is to be connected with the club and be aware of what we stand for.”